The hard part for Bomer will be to convince the straight, middle-aged members of the TV academy that he deserves to win. See, Bomer faces an uphill climb at the Emmys because he possesses three qualities — he’s sexy, he’s successful and he’s rich — that could make Emmy voters jealous and want to scream, “Bomer already has everything going for him, but he can’t have this trophy!”
It’s no secret that the Emmys have a bias against rewarding good-looking Hollywood actors with trophies. In fact, hunky guys get snubbed so often that we even created a photo gallery of all the notable examples (see below).
But not so fast. If voters actually watch Bomer’s performance in “The Normal Heart,” they’ll see that he was made to look weak, sick and ugly as his character contracted AIDS. In other words, the Matt Bomer in the HBO telefilm isn’t the same Matt Bomer people are used to seeing on magazine covers and in the movies. That could work in his favor.
Does all of this sound familiar? Yep, the exact same thing happened at the Oscars this year when chiseled star Matthew McConaughey uglified his look in “Dallas Buyers Club” after his character got AIDS. And he won.
Last month Bomer received the Critics’ Choice TV Award for this role, so he’s the far-away frontrunner to take home the Emmy as well. The other five nominees in the Movie/Mini Supporting Actor race that hope to take him down are: Colin Hanks (“Fargo“), Martin Freeman (“Sherlock: His Last Vow“), Jim Parsons (“The Normal Heart”), Joe Mantello (“The Normal Heart”) and Alfred Molina (“The Normal Heart).
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